Holidays are a time for good cheers and road trips. It is also one of the worst times to be on the road; in fact, many road accidents occur during holidays. Nevertheless, this should not deter you from enjoying a road trip.
All you need is preparation.
Have your vehicle serviced before the trip
It is critical to service your vehicle before heading out on a road trip. Have a credible motor repair expert check the car for worn out brake pads and broken headlights.
Have the tires inflated as well to improve fuel economy and optimise vehicle performance. A thorough cleaning afterward erases any grease and dirt marks on the car.
Consider passenger comfort
For an enjoyable trip, be sure to keep the passengers comfortable. Have them wear a comfortable seatbelt, and for children, booster seats.
Safety belts are essential as they protect you and passengers in case an accident occurs. Have the children sit in suitable supporters depending on their weight and age. To avoid distractions, you may provide the children with games, snacks and portable DVD player to keep them occupied. Comfortable passengers demand less from the driver, enabling you to focus more on the road.
Know your bearings
Having the correct map saves you time and energy. Frequent stopping to ask for directions can also instil fear in your passengers. Study the map in advance and if possible take a ride beforehand to familiarise yourself with the road conditions. By doing so, you will be more confident when driving.
In addition, make sure you are acquainted with the traffic rules of that location to avoid any unfortunate incidences. Drive at the recommended speed, stay in your lane and give way to other vehicles and pedestrians.
Road trips are an exciting way to spend time with family and friends. By observing proper road etiquette and making the right preparations, you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.